A man's fate is his own temper; and according to that will be his opinion as to the particular manner in which the course of events is regulated. A consistent man believes in destiny, a capricious man in chance.
A man's faults all conform to his type of mind. Observe his faults and you may know his virtues.
A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart; his next, to escape the censures of the world. If the last interferes with the former, it ought to be entirely neglected; but otherwise there cannot be a greater satisfaction to an honest mind, than to see those approbations which it gives itself seconded by the applause of the public.
Joseph Addison, Sir Roger on the Bench
A man's folly ought to be his greatest secret.
A man's fortune is frequently decided by his first address. If pleasing, others at once conclude he has merit; but if ungraceful, they decide against him.
A man's gift makes room for him.
A man's good name is as precious to him as its skin is to a tiger.
A man's got to do what a man's got to do.
A man's hat in his hand never did him any harm.
A man's heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.
A man's heart must be very frivolous if the possession of fame rewards the labor to attain it. For the worst of reputation is that it is not palpable or present, - we do not feel or see or taste it. People praise us behind our backs, but we hear them not; few before our faces, and who is not suspicious of the truth of such praise?
A man's home is his castle.
A man's house is his castle.
A man's intentions seldom add to his income.
A man's life's no more than to say, One!
A man's load is his coracle.
A man's longest purposes will be his best purposes. It is true, life is short and uncertain; but it is better to live on the short arc of a large circle than to describe the whole circumference of a small circle.
Charles H. Parkhurst
A man's love for his native land lies deeper than any logical expression, among those pulses of the heart which vibrate to the sanctities of home, and to the thoughts which leap up from his father's graves.
A man's manners are a mirror, in which he shows his likeness to the intelligent observer.
A man's meat is not good for eating, his skin not for wearing: what has he except for his sweet tongue?
A man's name is not like a mantle, which merely hangs about him, and which one perchance may safely twitch and pull, but a perfectly fitting garment, which like the skin has grown over and over him, at which one cannot rake and scrape without injuring the man himself.
A man's nature is best perceived in privateness, for there is no affectation; in passion, for that putteth a man out of his precepts; and in a new case or experiment, for there custom leaveth him.
A man's opinion of danger varies at different times, in consequence of an irregular tide of animal spirits; and he is actuated by considerations which he dares not avow.
A man's opinions, look you, are generally of much more value than his arguments.
A man's own conscience is his sole tribunal, and he should care no more for that phantom 'opinion' than he should fear meeting a ghost if he crossed the churchyard at dark.
A man's own good breeding is his best security against other people's ill manners.
Lord Chesterfield, Letters (9 Feb, 1750)
A man's own heart must ever be given to gain that of another.
A man's power is hooped in by a necessity, which, by many experiments, he touches on every side until he learns its arc.
A man's praise in his own mouth stinks.
A man's praises have very musical and charming accents in another's mouth, but very flat and untunable in his own.
A man's profundity may keep him from opening on a first interview, and his caution on a second; but I should suspect his emptiness, if he carried on his reserve to a third.
A man's purse will never be bare,
If he knows when to buy, to spend, and to spare.
A man's real possession is his memory. In nothing else is he rich, in nothing else is he poor.
A man's religion consists, not of the many things he is in doubt of and tries to believe, but of the few he is assured of and has no need of effort for believing.
A man's religion is himself. If he is right-minded toward God, he is religious; if the Lord Jesus Christ is his schoolmaster, then he is Christianly religious.
A man's reputation draws eyes upon him that will narrowly inspect every part of him.
A man's reputation is not in his own keeping, but lies at the mercy of the profligacy of others. Calumny requires no proof.
A man's reputation is only what men think him to be; his character is what God knows him to be.
A man's tyranny is measured only by his power to abuse.
A man's walking is a succession of falls.
A man's wealth is his enemy.
A man's wisdom is his best friend; folly, his worst enemy.
Sir W. Temple
A man's word is as good as his bond Honorable people do not break their promises.
A mans worst enemies are often those of his own house.
A man's worth is estimated in this world according to his conduct.
A manu servi.
en] With a servant hand.
A mão direita não deve saber o bem que faz a esquerda.
A mão na dor e o olho no amor.
A mão na dor, o olho no amor.
A mãos lavadas, Deus lhes dá que comam.